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Warsaw. The investigation into the takeover of Piłsudski Square is discontinued

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The prosecutor’s office discontinued the investigation into establishing Piłsudski Square as a closed area. According to the “Gazeta Stołeczna”, according to the investigators, there is no reason to believe that Mariusz Błaszczak, the then minister of internal affairs and administration, exceeded his powers by issuing a decision in this case. The Town Hall does not agree with this decision.

At the end of October 2017, Mariusz Błaszczak, the then head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, signed a decision on the appointment of Piłsudski Square as a closed area. At that time, the Ministry of Interior and Administration referred to the issues related to the defense and security of the state in justification. Soon the management of the square was taken over by the Masovian voivode, and shortly afterwards a monument to the victims of the Smolensk catastrophe was erected there.

– In our opinion, there has been a situation in which – on the basis of a false premise – this square was taken from the local government, the inhabitants of Warsaw, only to achieve one political goal, which is to erect a monument (Smolensk – ed.) – said Vice President Michał Olszewski during a press conference , on which informed about submitting a notification to the prosecutor’s office in this case. The City Hall claimed that the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and the Masovian voivode had exceeded their powers. Olszewski pointed out that in this case “a crime could have occurred by deliberately circumventing the regulations” in order to build a monument.


Piłsudski Square FAAB / Science Now

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The prosecutor’s office discontinued the proceedings

Initially, the prosecutor’s office refused to initiate an investigation, because at the stage of the screening procedure, no indications of a prohibited act were found. The Town Hall appealed and the district court quashed the decision of the prosecutor’s office refusing to investigate the case and ordered to return to her.

– In August 2021, the investigation in this case was discontinued due to the fact that there were no indications of a prohibited act – Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw informed “Gazeta Stołeczna”.

The city hall of the capital city does not agree with the prosecutor’s decision. Officials have already appealed to the court against the decision to discontinue the investigation. Deputy mayor Olszewski told “Stołeczna” that, according to the city authorities, the powers were exceeded by the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and the Mazowieckie voivode. He also pointed out that in the justification of the decision to discontinue the investigation, the prosecutor’s office proves that there could not be any violation of powers, because the minister of internal affairs has the right to designate closed areas. – The policeman has the right to use a gun and nobody is questioning it. But this does not mean that it can shoot people who cross the street at a red light – said Olszewski.

How was Piłsudski Square taken over?

Let us recall that in June 2017, the voivode of Mazovia, Zdzisław Sipiera, applied for the management of Piłsudski Square to be handed over to him in order to organize celebrations there, including state ceremonies. Four months later – in October 2017 – the then Minister of Infrastructure and Construction, Andrzej Adamczyk, issued a decision to transfer the square to the voivode’s disposal. At that time, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration issued a decision to make the square a closed area

The Mazowieckie Voivodeship Office announced on January 31, 2018 that it took over the management of the area. The protocol of his handover was signed unilaterally, because no representative of the Mayor of Warsaw appeared at the meeting.

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